Archive for October, 2013

Milwaukee Police Detective Charged With Felony Misconduct In Public Office

Detective Gomez Jr. police powers were suspended in August during an internal investigation and has now been charged with one felony count of misconduct in public office in connection with the physical abuse of a murder suspect.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 31, 2013

Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, Milwaukee Police Detective Rodolfo Gomez Jr., 46, was charged with one felony count of misconduct in public office, including excessive use authority. Gomez Jr. posted a $10,000 signature bond and if convicted, Gomez Jr. Is facing up to three and a half years in prison and $10,000 in fines. He is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing on November 12.
Gomez Jr. has been suspended with pay until the outcome of the case. He is accused of beating Deron Darnell Love on August 14, while handcuffed during an interrogation. Gomez Jr. was caught on video surveillance in the interrogation room punching Love in the upper body. Gomez Jr. was removed from the room by another officer who witnessed the beating. Gomez Jr. came back in with several Milwaukee County Sheriff deputies to move Love into another cell. Gomez Jr. is also seen grabbing Love’s head and bringing it down to knee him, according to the criminal complaint.
The Milwaukee Police Department referred Gomez Jr. to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office for prosecution after an internal investigation determined that Gomez Jr. violated department policy.
Love who was charged with two felony counts of homicide in the death of his 7-year-old son was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The suspect’s attorney had requested a copy of the video from the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, but his request was denied until the investigation was completed.

Rodolfo Gomez Jr.

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Mexican National Andrade Tolentino Extradited To Chicago For Chávez Homicide

Tolentino was extradited to the U.S. from Mexico to face a 2000 homicide in Chicago.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 31, 2013

Chicago, Illinois – On Wednesday, murder suspect Raúl Andrade Tolentino, 42, originally from Morelia, Mexico was extradited to the U.S. to face a homicide charge for the January 7, 2000 stabbing death of his former girlfriend Alma Chávez, 19, of Chicago. Tolentino was escorted by two FBI agents on a flight from Mexico and when he arrived on Wednesday night at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, he was taken into custody by Chicago authorities. He is scheduled for a bond hearing on Thursday.
In 2000, Tolentino went to the Chávez home on Pilsen and fatally stabbed her multiple times. He then stabbed himself to conceal his crime. Police arrested Tolentino after confessing to killing Chávez. Family members posted a $20,000 bond and a month later Tolentino skipped a court appearance and fled to California where his mother lived. The FBI in California went to the mother’s address, but found that both Tolentino and his mother had returned to Mexico.
Years went by and Tolentino could not be located in Mexico. Benifacio Chávez, Alma’s father travelled multiple times to Mexico and in 2006, he was able to get reliable information that Tolentino had been living in Michoacan. Authorities couldn’t locate him and the case went cold again.
The U.S. Department of Justice had issued a warrant for Tolentino for flight to avoid prosecution. He was featured in America’s Most Wanted in 2012.
In 2008, the U.S. requested for the Mexican government to issue an arrest warrant for Tolentino.
The Chavezes later learned that Tolentino had moved to his hometown in Morelia, Michoacan where he was working at a local pizza parlor. Alma’s father later died and the case went cold once again.
In 2011, two Chicago Tribune reporters and a photographer went to Michoacan to follow up on information gathered from Alma’s father. They discovered that Tolentino had registered to vote in Michoacan and had also registered a truck with the state. With the latest information by the reporters, authorities in Michoacan began to search for Tolentino until last February, when he turned himself in to authorities.
Tolentino had been held in a federal prison in Hermosillo, Sonora awaiting extradition, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Tolentino knew authorities in Mexico were hot on his trail, but he moved from house to house, used assumed names and worked in odd jobs to elude police, according to authorities in Mexico.

Raúl Andrade Tolentino today, at age 28 and Alma Chávez

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Arcos Alvarez From Veracruz Killed In Milwaukee Southside Crash

Arcos Alvarez lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a building killing him and sending a woman to the hospital.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 30, 2013

Milwaukee, WI – Last Saturday, Diego Isidro Arcos Alvarez, 23, was reported killed around 2:40 a.m. after losing control of his vehicle going eastbound, then crashed into La Carniceria Campesino southeast corner building and ruptured a gas line at the 600 block of W. Greenfield Ave., according to police. Firefighters had to open a door to the store to check for gas leaks inside.
Later someone broke into the store through the same door and stole a cash register. In another break in afterwards, someone attempted to take a safe from the same store, but failed, according to police. Police recovered video from Arcos Alvarez losing control of the vehicle from video surveillance cameras at the scene.
Police also have a suspect or suspects on video going into the store and an arrest is forthcoming.
Arcos Alvarez’s passenger, a woman survived and was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.
Arcos Alvarez is originally from Maguellito, in the state of Veracruz and his body will be sent to Mexico once funds are collected to pay for the cost of transporting the body. Friends and family members placed donation boxes for Arcos Alvarez throughout local southside stores and at El Campesino store with a number to call for more information.
Arcos Alvarez’s wake and remembrance began on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Church and Chapel Funeral Home at the 1800 of W. Becher St. Arcos Alvarez body is expected to be transported to Mexico by Saturday, according to Magdaleno Alvarez Olmedo, Diego’s uncle. Olmedo said, Diego had lived in Milwaukee for 8 years and is survived by friends and relatives in Milwaukee and Veracruz.
On Saturday in an unrelated accident, a homeless man known as Anthony “Tony” J. Judd, 45, was fatally hit by a westbound vehicle at the 900 block of W. Greenfield Ave. around 7:30 p.m., according to Ricco Lopez, a Block Watch Captain on S. 10th St. Tony was crossing from North to South on Greenfield Ave. when he was struck by the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle involved did not stop after striking Tony, Lopez said.
Tony was known by many local residents as a man who would say hello and a punch line of “Hey amigo, do you have 25 cents.”

Diego Isidro Arcos Alvarez

Photos: HNG

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Hernández Pérez, A DREAM 30 Member Deported to Mexico

Pérez was deported to Mexico City on Tuesday morning while twelve were released just after 7:00 p.m.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 30, 2013

El Paso, Texas – On Tuesday, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed Rocio Hernández Pérez, 23, from the U.S. She was flown to Mexico City in the morning and released. Pérez is originally from Veracruz.
She was taken into custody by ICE on September 30 at the Laredo, Texas border crossing and ICE checkpoint. Pérez was among 34 undocumented immigrants who decided to voluntarily return to Mexico and then attempt to reenter the U.S. and ask for asylum. Their attempt to reenter the U.S. failed and they were transferred to an El Paso ICE processing detention center for deportation proceedings. Nine were later released by ICE.
Only 25 of the DREAM 30 filed for asylum under “credible fear” including Pérez who was brought to the U.S. when she was four and lived in North Carolina. ICE denied her asylum claim and was ordered by an immigration judge to be removed. ICE would not release any information why Pérez was denied asylum.
So far, ICE has approved 17 of the DREAM 30 members and seven have been denied asylum including Pérez. The rest of the DREAM 30 group are waiting the same fate, but 13 who remained in detention have continued their hunger strike. ICE attempted to order doctors at the facility to force feed them, but doctors have refused ICE’s request, according to family members.
Pérez and the rest of the group were protesting the broken national immigration system and were demanding immigration reform.
The following twelve members of the DREAM 30 were released just after 7:00 p.m.on Tuesday. They were identified as Raul Juarez of New York; Edna Flores of Arizona; Israel Rodriguez of North Carolina; Giselle Gomez of South Carolina; Jesus Gutierrez of Pennsylvania; Marco Pacheco of Texas; Leonardo Contreras of New York; Pablo Vivas of California; Lorena Vargas of Arizona, Marcela Espinoza of Illinois; Sandra Paloma of California and Vidal Francisco of Arizona.
Also Erika Isaura Guzman Mata was facing deportation after she was denied asylum as Pérez, but an immigration judge overturned that decision and is awaiting her release.

Rocio Hernández Pérez

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EQUINOX In Kenosha Removes McDowell’s Photo From Website

McDowell no longer featured in the EQUINOX Body and Soul Boutique website as a License Massage Therapist. He was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 29, 2013

Kenosha, WI – On Tuesday, Matthew McDowell’s photo and brief statement of his work has been removed from the EQUINOX Body and Soul Boutique website where he worked. McDowell, 40, of Kenosha was featured in the EQUINOX website as a License Massage Therapist.
McDowell was charged on Tuesday with one count for first-degree intentional homicide, one count for hiding a corpse and a $350,000 bail was set. He is scheduled to appear at a Kenosha County court on November 5 for further proceedings.
He was arrested on Sunday after turning himself to Kenosha police and confessing that he accidentally killed Erin Ziemendorf, 30, of West Allis. Ziemendorf’s body was discovered on Sunday at 6:25 p.m. by Chicago police near a Greyhound station at the 500 block of South Jefferson St. Her body was found inside the trunk of her Silver 2004 Grand Prix with Wisconsin license plates in a public parking lot.
McDowell told police that he got into a heated argument with Ziemendorf and he accidentally killed her. He then drove her vehicle to Chicago with the victim’s body in the trunk. McDowell left Ziemendorf’s auto near a Greyhound station and then took a train back to Kenosha where he decided to turn himself to police.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled Ziemendorf’s death a homicide by blunt-force trauma to her neck from an assault.

Erin Ziemendorf and Matthew McDowell

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40-year-old McDowell Facing Charges For Ziemendorf’s Homicide

Ziemendorf’s body was found in a trunk of a vehicle near a Chicago Greyhound station.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 28, 2013

Kenosha, WI – Police in Kenosha have arrested Matthew McDowell, 40, of Kenosha in connection with the homicide of Erin Ziemendorf, 30, of West Allis whose body was discovered on Sunday at 6:25 p.m. by Chicago police near a Greyhound station at the 500 block of South Jefferson St. Ziemendorf’s body was found inside a trunk of a grey vehicle with Wisconsin license plates.
Ziemendorf was pronounced death at 7:25 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The cause of death was ruled a homicide by blunt forced trauma to her neck during an assault.
McDowell confessed to Kenosha police that both he and Ziemendorf had gotten into a heated fight and he accidentally killed her. He then drove to Chicago and left the vehicle near a Greyhound station with her body in the trunk. McDowell then took a train back to Kenosha where he turned himself to police.
McDowell who had been dating the victim for over a year and a half is now facing homicide charges and attempting to hide a corpse.
McDowell works as a License Massage Therapist at the EQUINOX Body and Soul Boutique in Kenosha, according to its website.

Erin Ziemendorf and Matthew McDowell

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Grall Charged For Battery Including A Hate Crime After Punching Two Men For Speaking Spanish

Police say Grall punched two men for what he thought they were speaking Spanish, but they were actually talking in Hebrew.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 28, 2013

Madison, WI – On early Saturday, Dylan T. Grall, 23, of Janesville was taken into custody and charged with two counts of battery, including two hate crime enhancers for punching two men speaking in Hebrew, the Channel3000 dot com reported. Grall noticed the men around 2:19 a.m. speaking a foreign language at the 200 block of N. Henry St. and ordered them to speak in English. He then sucker punched both men.
Grall admitted to police that he demanded for the men to talk in English, but denied that he ever punched them. One man suffered a swollen eye (black eye) and the other was just knocked to the ground.
Grall told police that he thought the victims were talking in Spanish, but the men were actually speaking in Hebrew, according to the criminal complaint.
A witness who saw the attack, told police that Grall did in fact punched both men. Police did not say, if Grall was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Dylan T. Grall

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